Medals for 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang unveiled

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Medals to adorn the world’s best athletes at next year’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics were unveiled Wednesday during simultaneous ceremonies held 6,800 miles apart in New York City and Seoul.

The edge of the gold, silver and bronze medals features consonants from the Hangul alphabet, spelling what translates to “PyeongChang Winter Olympics” in Korean.

The front bears the Olympic rings along with diagonal lines symbolizing Olympic history and determination of the participants. The back lists the sports discipline, event and the Games’ emblem.

The lanyard ribbon, created using traditional Gapsa cloth, is light teal and light red with patterns that represent “the delicate and refined beauty of Korea,” organizers said.

Each medal is 92.6 mm in diameter and averages 6.91 mm in thickness. The gold, silver and bronze medals weigh 586 grams, 580 grams and 493 grams, respectively.

South Korea’s previous hosting of the 1988 Seoul Summer Games featured a medal design that had been used since the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.

Across 102 events, a total of 222 medals will be awarded to the athletes next February. Five sets will be set aside in case of a tie, 25 will be submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and seven will be displayed in Korea.


Liam Nee, WCSH